Definition of relegate in English:

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relegate

Pronunciation: /ˈreləˌɡāt/

verb

[with object]
Consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position: they aim to prevent women from being relegated to a secondary role
More example sentences
  • As a result, even a three-year-old boy becomes the legal chief of the family and his mother is relegated to an inferior social status.
  • Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.
  • We feel that economic failure has created a situation where survival and law have been relegated to antagonistic positions.
Synonyms
downgrade, lower, lower in rank/status, put down, move down;
demote, degrade

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense 'send into exile'): from Latin relegat- 'sent away, referred', from the verb relegare, from re- 'again' + legare 'send'.

Words that rhyme with relegate

delegate

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: rel·e·gate

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